HP Alumni benefits, transition to Medicare, employee stock, pensions, more...
If leaving or recently left: ASAP Checklist. Continually-updated member advice on what to do before losing access to company systems -- and in the following few weeks.
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Classification as "retired." If an employee left at 55 or older with at least 10 years of service, or left after 2010 with age-plus-years-of-service of at least 80, or left under an early retirement program -- HP and HPE generally classify the employee as "retired" -- regardless of how they left and whether or not they have any retiree benefits. This is reported to outside payroll and employment verification services, but doesn't seem to have any negative consequences. Inquiries from state Unemployment Dept. claims examiners go to a specific group in HR, which replies via letter. Over the years, members have reported that HP did not block their UI claims.
If you are classified by HP as a Retiree, please go to our Retiree Checklist.
Which HP-related companies have me classified as a retiree or former employee? Given HP's history of acquisitions and spinoffs, this may not be obvious. If any doubt, check here: Which Company
1. There is useful information for all former employees on the official HP retiree website -- HP Retiree Program -- including benefits, discounts, contacts, and change of address.
2. Time to untangle your stock! Depending on when and how you acquired HP or HPE stock, you may now have stock in up to six completely separate HP-related companies in various accounts -- or have missed cash payouts. An HP Alumni team has developed a process to determine what stock you should have and how to find it. hpalumni.org/stock
3. If you are still in the workforce, join the HPAA's networking and job-post groups on LinkedIn.
4. Advice and info on returning to HP, HPE, DXC, or Micro Focus -- including informal and formal restrictions.
5. Check your LinkedIn profile! Profiles were changed without notice. HPE changed many decades-old decades-old HP positions to HPE; LinkedIn deleted many employers. Recruiters and hiring managers view entries that don't make sense -- such as HPE employment before Nov 2015 -- as signs of a fake profile. You may wish to feature your EDS, Tandem, or other background. Step-by-step: hpalumni.org/LinkedIn
6. Set up an Equifax Work Number employee account now -- before an identity thief uses your readily-available birthdate and SSN to do it. Your information is in the database regardless of whether you have set up an account. An identity thief can gain further information for use impersonating you elsewhere -- for example, to file for a tax refund or to get credit (HELOCs and mortgages have been reported.) How to use Equifax Work Number
HPAA's main contact directory for former employees of HP, HPE, and related companies: hpalumni.org/contacts
If formerly a regular, direct U.S. employee of HP or HPE -- or are in the process of leaving -- join the HP Alumni Association. No charge, thanks to HPAA's Supporting Members.
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